“I Can’t Hear You! I’m Hungry!” Gospel for Asia’s Impact During Our COVID Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX – Because GFA World (Gospel for Asia) has supported pastors and missionaries across South Asia for more than 40 years, the organization understands the ugly effect of food scarcity. Over those four decades, GFA has distributed countless foodstuffs and cooked tens of thousands of meals for hungry people – doing it all… Continue reading “I Can’t Hear You! I’m Hungry!” Gospel for Asia’s Impact During Our COVID Crisis

As COVID Worsens the Church Aids the Needy in Wanhua

TAIWAN — Wanhua District in Taipei, Taiwan has the city’s highest concentration of low income residents. During the COVID pandemic, many become nervous when Wanhua is mentioned. But while most people want to leave, there are some who feel compassion for the people there. Pastor Wen is preparing supplies for Wanhua residents who were caught… Continue reading As COVID Worsens the Church Aids the Needy in Wanhua

Faith-Based Expert Available for Interviews on India COVID Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX — K.P. Yohannan — founder of global humanitarian agency GFA World (www.gfa.org), best-selling author, and international speaker, who was born and reared in India — is available for media interviews on the current COVID crisis in India. What’s REALLY Going On in India Right Now? Millions are suffering as India’s COVID “second… Continue reading Faith-Based Expert Available for Interviews on India COVID Crisis

Join CMM Global Missions Family Urgently Feeding Lockdown Members and Providing Wells in Many Nations — Two Urgent Needs

CHARLOTTE, NC — Christ’s Mandate for Missions, (www.cmm.world) formerly Correll Missionary Ministries, and CMM College of Theology (www.cmmtheology.org) are expanding globally as more people are hearing about their unique style of ‘team ministry’ empowering many to discover their God given identities we each have in Christ as we go higher and deeper in intimacy. During… Continue reading Join CMM Global Missions Family Urgently Feeding Lockdown Members and Providing Wells in Many Nations — Two Urgent Needs

“I Can’t Hear You! I’m Hungry!” GFA’s Impact During Our COVID Crisis

WILLS POINT, TX – Because GFA World has supported pastors and missionaries across South Asia for more than 40 years, the organization understands the ugly effect of food scarcity. Over those four decades, GFA World’s field partners have distributed countless foodstuffs and cooked tens of thousands of meals for hungry people—doing it all in the… Continue reading “I Can’t Hear You! I’m Hungry!” GFA’s Impact During Our COVID Crisis

Transforming Lives Through Farming in Democratic Republic of Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO — Samaritan’s Purse is providing tools, seeds, and agricultural training to farmers living with disabilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nicole Solvig, Samaritan’s Purse: We’re heading to one of our farmer’s fields to see the progress of their work. This is a group of farmers who are all living… Continue reading Transforming Lives Through Farming in Democratic Republic of Congo

Providing Shelter and a Refuge in Tigray, Ethiopia

TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA — Samaritan’s Purse is building emergency shelters in the Tigray region of Ethiopia for hundreds of families who were forcibly displaced from their homes due to armed conflict. In the past month, their staff designed a basic emergency shelter that can largely be built from local materials. After securing a site, teams started… Continue reading Providing Shelter and a Refuge in Tigray, Ethiopia

Battling Hunger in Ethiopia

TIGRAY, ETHIOPIA — As hundreds of thousands of people fled to more populated areas of Tigray in Ethiopia last fall, there were many stories of suffering and hunger. Thousands of children and nursing and pregnant mothers were increasingly at risk of malnutrition. Some families were reduced to begging for food, and many simply went days… Continue reading Battling Hunger in Ethiopia

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty on World Hunger Day

KOLKATA, INDIA — As we observe World Hunger Day this week (Fri May 28), a recent report from the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) predicts a steep increase in food insecurity over the coming months across 20 ‘hotspot’ nations – with more than 270 million people at risk of starvation – doubling the pre-pandemic figure.… Continue reading Breaking the Cycle of Poverty on World Hunger Day

Lifting Up the Vulnerable in Sudan and South Sudan

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NEW YORK – Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) leads the only indigenously-directed anti-human trafficking network spanning Sudan and South Sudan. Overview of Sudan and South Sudan The residents of the two countries have suffered decades of instability, military conflict, food scarcity, and economic hardships. Nearly four million South Sudanese have been displaced as a result… Continue reading Lifting Up the Vulnerable in Sudan and South Sudan

Hunger Grips COVID-Ravaged India; GFA World Responds

HUNGER'S DEEP SILENCE: On World Hunger Day, May 28, Texas-based humanitarian agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) reports growing desperation in India as it supports efforts to help thousands starving in "deep silence" amid the pandemic's continuing onslaught.

WILLS POINT, TX — India’s devastating “second wave” of COVID-19 is overshadowing another deadly tsunami of suffering — rampant hunger. Global humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World) reports growing desperation across India as it supports efforts to feed those facing starvation amid the pandemic’s continuing onslaught. The Texas-based organization has helped feed hundreds of thousands… Continue reading Hunger Grips COVID-Ravaged India; GFA World Responds

Bringing Medical Care to Suffering Families in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA — The weight of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is palpable, but it’s rarely in the news—even as urban areas in northern Ethiopia swell with traumatized families living in schools and tarp shelters. Samaritan’s Purse has been working in this region since February providing emergency food, cooking kits, and other relief. They have airlifted more… Continue reading Bringing Medical Care to Suffering Families in Ethiopia

As Needs and Restrictions Shift in Los Angeles, the Dream Center Opens a Community Kitchen, a Food Pantry, and a New After-School Program

LOS ANGELES — As a part of their mission to #RestoreLA, Pastor Matthew Barnett and the Los Angeles Dream Center have been focused on efforts that seek to sustain the community as Los Angeles get back on its feet. One of the ways they have sought to do this was by assisting individuals and families… Continue reading As Needs and Restrictions Shift in Los Angeles, the Dream Center Opens a Community Kitchen, a Food Pantry, and a New After-School Program

Amid ‘Tsunami of COVID Suffering’ GFA World Calls for ‘Eleventh Hour’ Prayer

GFA WORLD CALLS FOR PRAYER AS 'TSUNAMI OF SUFFERING' HITS INDIA: GFA World (www.gfa.org) is calling for "eleventh hour" prayer as India suffers a devastating second wave of COVID-19 -- and the world faces a growing number of deadly new variants. South Asia is experiencing a "tsunami of suffering," says GFA World founder K.P. Yohannan.

WILLS POINT, TX – GFA World, a major humanitarian agency founded by K.P. Yohannan, has been the model for numerous charities like GFA World Canada, to help the poor and deprived worldwide, is calling for “eleventh hour” prayer as India suffers a devastating second wave of COVID-19 — and the world faces a growing number… Continue reading Amid ‘Tsunami of COVID Suffering’ GFA World Calls for ‘Eleventh Hour’ Prayer

International Needs Is Transforming Communities

HUDSONVILLE, MI – The website of International Needs poses some interesting questions. What would happen if you had no access to safe drinking water? What if your children had no opportunity to attend school? We know that hundreds of millions of people around the world face these questions every day. But, the questions take on… Continue reading International Needs Is Transforming Communities

“Hope for the World” … And How I Found It

SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL – The title of this article may be a bit misleading. It is not intended to be. It is, however, intended to be intriguing. As well as providing an introduction to the Florida-based FBO, Hope for the World, I want to share how the Lord directed me to it. My Search… Continue reading “Hope for the World” … And How I Found It

‘You Are Welcome Here’: As Los Angeles Cracks down on Homeless Encampment in Echo Park, the LA Dream Center Reminds Those in Need They’re Here to Help

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LOS ANGELES — With the recent closure of the homeless encampment in the Echo Park neighborhood, Matthew Barnett and the Los Angeles Dream Center have a simple message for their neighbors: “You are welcome here.” This week the enforced closure of the Echo Park homeless encampment went into effect, and the police gave notice on… Continue reading ‘You Are Welcome Here’: As Los Angeles Cracks down on Homeless Encampment in Echo Park, the LA Dream Center Reminds Those in Need They’re Here to Help

All in for America’s Kids

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WASHINGTON — In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, CityServe, along with churches around the nation will be observing a National Day of Prayer, referred to as Blue Sunday, this April 25th. This day reminds faith communities to intercede in prayer for abused and neglected children and to open their doors to provide good homes… Continue reading All in for America’s Kids

Somewhere Under the Rainbow in Nicaragua

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Rainbows. They draw our attention to the glory of God and of His loving promise to never destroy sinful humanity with a worldwide flood as He did in Noah’s day. We can be thankful for that promise every day, but we are especially so when we gaze in awe and wonder at… Continue reading Somewhere Under the Rainbow in Nicaragua

Feeding Hungry Children in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA — Samaritan’s Purse is helping to feed hungry children in northern Ethiopia who are at risk of acute malnutrition, due to food shortages caused by months of internal conflict. David Mbuguah, Samaritan’s Purse: This is Samaritan’s Purse team. We are here in northern Ethiopia in the Tigray region. Today, we are here to serve… Continue reading Feeding Hungry Children in Ethiopia

Ready…Set…MissionGO!

BUFFALO, NY – The MissionGO website leaves little doubt as to one aspect of their ministry in the African country of Sierra Leone. 1,489,343 People living in Sierra Leone don’t have access to clean water. 100% Need Living Water As you have already perceived, providing clean water is one aspect of the MissionGO ministry. You… Continue reading Ready…Set…MissionGO!

Bringing Life-Saving Support to Ethiopians Displaced by Conflict

ETHIOPIA — Violent conflict in Ethiopia’s northernmost region of Tigray has sent hundreds of thousands of displaced Ethiopians fleeing from their homes. Samaritan’s Purse is working with local churches and other groups to identify and provide food for the most vulnerable families in their communities. Their teams and partners, including churches, are distributing food baskets… Continue reading Bringing Life-Saving Support to Ethiopians Displaced by Conflict

Feeding Families — CityServe Launches ‘Last Mile of Need’ Campaign with Uncommon Giving

WASHINGTON — CityServe announced today it has joined the online giving platform, Uncommon Giving, inviting individual and corporate donors to join its “Last Mile of Need” fundraising campaign to feed hungry families struggling through the pandemic. More families are struggling to provide enough to eat with the ever-increasing challenges of job losses and illness. By… Continue reading Feeding Families — CityServe Launches ‘Last Mile of Need’ Campaign with Uncommon Giving

Feeding Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

COLOMBIA — Venezuelan families who have fled to Colombia to escape their country’s crumbling economy give thanks to God for food provided by Samaritan’s Purse. Yancy: Things are becoming horrible in Venezuela. Food cannot be found. Maria: Venezuela was in crisis. I think the pandemic made it worse. Osmerys: It’s very difficult there to get… Continue reading Feeding Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

Predisan: Proclaiming Jesus & Healing Lives in Honduras

CATACAMAS, HONDURAS – The mission of Predisan is “Proclaiming Jesus and Healing Lives” in Honduras. Their objective is to help the Honduran people realize their inherent worth and wholeness, as God intended in His redemptive plan. About The name Predisan is a mashup of two Spanish words that, individually, mean ‘to proclaim’ and ‘to serve.’… Continue reading Predisan: Proclaiming Jesus & Healing Lives in Honduras

Textiles Training Program Transforms Lives of Young Women in Ghana

GHANA — Christian charity Theovision International is seeing the lives of many uneducated young women in Ghana completely transformed through their textiles training program. Not only are many establishing their own successful businesses as a result of the training they receive, but they are also coming to know Christ after joining audio Bible classes. Young… Continue reading Textiles Training Program Transforms Lives of Young Women in Ghana

Colombian Pastor’s Beautiful Answer to Prayer

COLOMBIA — A Colombian pastor praises God for the ministry he shares with Samaritan’s Purse to help feed hungry families, many of whom are Venezuelan migrants, and share the hope of the Gospel with them. Pastor Yahir: Today Samaritan’s Purse delivered food in Maria Auxiliadora. It was a miracle from God. Today the heavens were… Continue reading Colombian Pastor’s Beautiful Answer to Prayer

Sowing Hope Seeds

BRADENTON, FL – Hope Seeds is a Christian outreach with a long-term perspective. Hope Seeds was established in 1999 as a ministry of the Hope Church in Bradenton, Florida. With the slogan of “Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul!” Hope Seeds works to share the Gospel and to contribute to the reduction of world hunger… Continue reading Sowing Hope Seeds

Gospel for Asia Canada Shares the True Meaning of Christmas with Children During the Pandemic

STONEY CREEK, ON — Despite the difficulties of 2020, GFA World (Gospel for Asia Canada), together with Believers Eastern Church, collected Christmas gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need. 2020 was a difficult year. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions meant that many of the regular events of our lives had to be rearranged or maybe even cancelled altogether.… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Canada Shares the True Meaning of Christmas with Children During the Pandemic

Emergency Food Arrives in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA — Samaritan’s Purse has airlifted 1,800 cases of ready-to-use supplemental food supplies to help feed suffering children in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. Hundreds of thousands of families have fled their homes in the region due to violent conflict and are living wherever they can—in schools or on the side of the road.… Continue reading Emergency Food Arrives in Ethiopia

GLO: A Light Shining in Burundi

CHARLESTON, SC – I am going to assume that you know as much about Burundi as I did before I began to investigate the benevolent work of GLO (aka Great Lakes Outreach). So, before I can introduce you to GLO, I need to familiarize you with the African nation of Burundi. Burundi Burundi occupies less… Continue reading GLO: A Light Shining in Burundi

How Earth Mission Cares for the Karen

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SILOAM SPRINGS, AR – Earth Mission was founded in 1982 as a short-term mission platform. The mission projects were specifically opportunities for engineers, engineering students, and technicians to assist and support missionaries in countries like Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They not only built and equipped structures, but they also created businesses that would benefit… Continue reading How Earth Mission Cares for the Karen

Gospel for Asia Calls for Prayer for ‘Unity, Holiness, End to Pandemic’ During ‘Great’ Lent

‘GREAT’ LENT SEASON ‘MOST IMPORTANT IN A GENERATION’: Calling for Christians to pray and fast for “unity and holiness,” mission agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World,www.gfa.org) described this year’s holy season of Lent -- beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 -- as “the most important in a generation.” The organization has launched a Lenten daily devotional, available at http://www.gfa.org/press/Lent21.

WILLS POINT, TX — Gospel for Asia (GFA World) founded by K.P. Yohannan, has been the model for numerous charities like Gospel for Asia Canada, to help the poor and deprived worldwide –Reporting on GFA World mission agency offering online 40-day lent devotional to help Christians pray, fast for unity, end to pandemic and other… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Calls for Prayer for ‘Unity, Holiness, End to Pandemic’ During ‘Great’ Lent

GFA World Spreads Holiday Cheer Through Food Bank Donations

GFA World Collects Food Bank Donations: Canadian-based mission agency GFA World collected non-perishable food items for the Stoney Creek Food Bank, during the Advent season.

STONEY CREEK, ON — GFA World (Gospel for Asia Canada) joins with their community to provide for citizens in need during the COVID pandemic through food bank donations. Imagine if you didn’t have enough money to put food on the table for your family. This is a difficult reality that many families have faced this… Continue reading GFA World Spreads Holiday Cheer Through Food Bank Donations

Over 12 Million USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Delivered to Families in the ‘Last Mile of Need’ by Faith-based Community

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Since the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers to Families Food Box Program launched in May 2020, the Faith-Based Community for Farmers to Families, facilitated by CityServe, has distributed over 12 million food boxes to families living in the “Last Mile of Need.” Currently comprised of over 1400 HUBs, the collaborative network… Continue reading Over 12 Million USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes Delivered to Families in the ‘Last Mile of Need’ by Faith-based Community

Q&A with Rise Against Hunger

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RALEIGH, NC – If your family is like mine, hardly a day goes by without at least one email or snail mail soliciting donations to support charitable organizations whose work is to feed hungry families. Will it never end? Not the solicitations – the hunger. The earth has more than enough food to feed the… Continue reading Q&A with Rise Against Hunger

New Hope for the Children in the Kibera Slum

KINGWOOD, TX – The New Hope Initiative (NHI) is a faith-based, non-profit organization that has a compelling desire to bring real positive change to some of the poorest communities in the world, according to their website. The New Hope initiative promotes self-sustaining projects to break the cycle of poverty by partnering with local leadership in… Continue reading New Hope for the Children in the Kibera Slum

An Outreach Project We All Can Do with Lifeline Christian Mission

WESTERVILLE, OH – Lifeline Christian Mission offers a unique opportunity for groups of believers to actually participate in one of their mission projects. Lifeline’s vision is Pray. Give. Go. These are the most typical ways that faith-based outreaches suggest that individuals, families, and churches can participate. And there is nothing wrong with that. Nothing at… Continue reading An Outreach Project We All Can Do with Lifeline Christian Mission

The “Jesus Hope of Romania” Association Offers a Hot Meal to Disadvantaged People

ROMANIA — God tells us to remember the orphan, the widow, and the stranger. This exhortation has been put into practice by the Evangelical and Charity Association “Jesus Hope of Romania” in Timisoara, which carries out several social projects. One is the “Manna” project, a mobile social canteen that operates daily home deliveries of cooked… Continue reading The “Jesus Hope of Romania” Association Offers a Hot Meal to Disadvantaged People

What Matters

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COLORADO SPRINGS – “What Matters” is an interesting phrase. Devoid of punctuation, it could be a statement, a question, or an exclamation. Regardless, it is important that we all know what matters . . . what really matters. What Matters Ministries and Missions is the faith-based organization founded by Ivan and Kim Tait in 1997.… Continue reading What Matters

Settled

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CHAMPLIN, MN – Settled is a faith-based organization that “equips faith communities to pursue homes with the homeless through sustainable housing, purposeful work, and supportive community.” On any given night, there are nearly 600,000 people in the United States who are sleeping in cars, under bridges, in makeshift tents, and in abandoned buildings. That’s right.… Continue reading Settled

Ministry to the Poor: A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says ​”Yes”

IMPERIAL VALLEY, CA — Each week, in a region close to the Californian/ Mexican border, Lupita Bawarski helps lead a CityServe ministry in the Imperial Valley of California. When talking with her, she will humbly tell you stories of lives being transformed by the love and hope of Jesus through her work and others. She… Continue reading Ministry to the Poor: A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says ​”Yes”

Gospel for Asia with Chick-fil-A & Brookshire’s Bring Christmas Relief to Hunger-Hit Texans

SPREADING CHRISTMAS CHEER: Chick-fil-A, Brookshire’s, Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) and Body of Life (www.bodyoflife.org) are joining forces to give hundreds of hungry Texas families a helping hand this Christmas. The organizations will stage a Christmas grocery, sandwich and water giveaway Sat. Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. -- or until food boxes run out -- at GFA World’s campus at 1116 St. Thomas Way, Wills Point.

WILLS POINT, TX — Chick-fil-A and Brookshire’s are joining a leading aid agency to deliver Christmas relief to Texas families hit hard by the pandemic. As America experiences another spike in coronavirus cases, one in four children aren’t getting enough food and face a bleak Christmas, says Wills Point-based humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia (GFA World… Continue reading Gospel for Asia with Chick-fil-A & Brookshire’s Bring Christmas Relief to Hunger-Hit Texans

SERV International: Where Food Is a Platform

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CANTON, GA – SERV International focuses on providing food, both as an existential need and as a platform for sharing the Bread of Life. The global food crisis is familiar to Missions Box readers. To some extent, in one form or another, food distribution has become a common component for nearly every faith-based ministry. Rightly… Continue reading SERV International: Where Food Is a Platform

The Gospel for Asia ‘Forgotten Christmas’ Showers Life-Changing Gifts On World’s Poor

FORGOTTEN CHRISTMAS: Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) has launched its Forgotten Christmas campaign (www.ForgottenChristmas.org) — an effort to “bring back the true meaning of Christmas and give hope to others.” Last year, supporters of Forgotten Christmas purchased life-changing gifts, including cows and goats, for over 260,000 of the poorest families in Asia.

WILLS POINT, TX – With Christmas spending in the U.S. on target to hit a trillion dollars this year, a leading humanitarian agency is urging Americans not to forget the world’s poor. “For hundreds of millions of children across Asia, Christmas is a time when they’re forgotten,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia… Continue reading The Gospel for Asia ‘Forgotten Christmas’ Showers Life-Changing Gifts On World’s Poor

The Hero Pastors of War-Torn Ukraine

UKRAINE — As the war in Ukraine continues local pastors on the frontlines are putting their faith into action. OM is partnering with these amazing church planters in Ukraine who risk their lives for the sake of the Gospel. OM teams work with several churches in the cities of Odessa, Rivne, Vinnitsa, and Kaharlyk. They… Continue reading The Hero Pastors of War-Torn Ukraine

Gospel for Asia Founder K.P. Yohannan Says COVID-19 Hunger is ‘Worse Than the Disease’

COVID-19 'STARVATION WARNING:' The leader of a major faith-based humanitarian agency has warned that a new COVID-19 surge could cause catastrophic starvation in poor nations. Widespread hunger across Asia caused by the pandemic is proving to be "worse than the disease itself," said K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org).

WILLS POINT, TX – Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder of a major faith-based humanitarian agency, Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada, www.gfa.org), has warned that a new COVID-19 surge could cause catastrophic starvation in poor nations. Widespread hunger across Asia caused by the pandemic is proving to be “worse than… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Founder K.P. Yohannan Says COVID-19 Hunger is ‘Worse Than the Disease’

CityServe & Produce Alliance, Inc. Deliver Over 54 Million Pounds of Food

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BAKERSFIELD, CA — In round three of the ​United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program​, CityServe, a faith-based nonprofit, and Produce Alliance, Inc., one of the nation’s leading produce procurement and distribution companies, and USDA approved contractor, collaborated in a unique partnership to feed families. Occurring from September 22 through… Continue reading CityServe & Produce Alliance, Inc. Deliver Over 54 Million Pounds of Food

Gospel for Asia Extends COVID-19 Hunger Relief to Americans

ALLEVIATING COVID HUNGER: One of the biggest poverty-alleviating organizations in Asia is helping distribute food to families impacted by COVID-19 on its own doorstep in Texas. Bishop Danny Yohannan, left, of Texas-based Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) helped launch the monthly food giveaway to Texans affected by COVID-19 .

WILLS POINT, TX — One of the world’s biggest poverty-alleviating organizations has started distributing food to families impacted by COVID-19 on its own doorstep in Texas. Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) — known for clean water projects and disaster relief in Asia’s poorest nations — is helping distribute food to hundreds of families living… Continue reading Gospel for Asia Extends COVID-19 Hunger Relief to Americans

CityServe: Illuminating Hope in the Darkness

BAKERSFIELD, CA – CityServe is a faith-based organization that enlists and mobilizes local churches to expand a church’s capacity to minister to a specific initiative, empower more people to be a light in their community, and offer Biblical solutions to the broken people in the community. Farmers to Families Food Box Program The organization engages… Continue reading CityServe: Illuminating Hope in the Darkness